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Tennis players Rafael Nadal, left, of Spain and Kei Nishikori of Japan cuddle up to Lola, an Australian wombat, in Sydney, on Monday. Nishikori is spending this week in Sydney, recovering from an injury, ahead of the Australian Open which begins in Melbourne on Jan 16.

  • -5

    sensei258

    Have you ever seen a picture of him without the UniGlo emblem? I bet he has a tattoo of it underneath the shirt in the same spot

  • 4

    randomnator

    well he's paid a huge stack of money to wear their gear. What's the problem?

  • 3

    Tsuchifumazu

    Nishikori is under contract to wear Uniqlo at all events and appearances. As is Rafa, Murray, Dokovic, Federer.......... I also don't understand the problem.

  • 0

    therougou

    Nishikori is under contract to wear Uniqlo at all events and appearances. As is Rafa, Murray, Dokovic, Federer.......... I also don't understand the problem.

    I guess the problem would be that Rafa doesn't appear to be wearing any Uniqlo, but Kei is. And what exactly does "appearance" mean? Is every picture he takes an appearance?

  • 2

    GW

    sensei257, therougou,

    Havent you two ever heard of SPONSORS, its a relatively OLD concept, just sayin

  • 0

    Tsuchifumazu

    Of course Rafa has and is wearing his own Nike Rafa brand. And yes, every picture taken at an event or tournament is an appearance. All the top players have their own sponsor deals. Murray with Under Armour, Fed is with Nike, etc..... I thought this was pretty basic knowledge...

  • 1

    gogogo

    back on topic.... go Nishikori !

  • 1

    njca4

    Yeah back on topics guys .... They do make a lovely couple.

  • 0

    randomnator

    Kei always seems to be injured, either recovering or withdrawing with some niggle. His coach had the same affliction.

  • -1

    smithinjapan

    Nice photo! I do wish that they could publish a candid without him in Uniqlo and product peddling, and it doesn't seem Nadal is showing off his sponsors (instead seems like a genuine candid for him), but it beats the "bbq cooking" pic the other day. Nice to see them having fun off the court.

  • -1

    sensei258

    Haven't you two ever heard of SPONSORS, its a relatively OLD concept, just sayin

    You mean he gets paid for that!? No wonder he does it so much. Who woulda thought?

    I bet it was an awkward conversation right before the picture..."Hey Kei, wanna touch my "wombat"?

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